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    November 3, 2012
    7:00 - 8:00pm PDT  

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>> our thoughts and prayers are with those on the east coast. our first impulse is to come to the aid of those in need. this time will be no different and we'll help our fellow americans recover from this trajectory storm. >> this weekend enemies of our fellow americans are still picking up the pieces from one of our worst storms in history. it has heart breaking, families have laos loved one, entires communities have been wiped away. today i ask everyone to keep them in your prayers. >> this was truly a crisis, and this is one of the worst storms that has hit this metropolitan area in generations. so, it really is a situation
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that requires patience and requires the spring the resilience that new yorkers are famous for. >> i want the people of new jersey to know that we have a long road ahead of us to get over the storm. and -- but it doesn't mean that we have to do it alone. we work on it together. >> this is a fox news alert, i'm her -- geraldo rivera recording. the northeast, storm of the century, hurricane sandy, and the savage weather systems that conspired with sandy to create the monster frankenstorm that killed well over 100 americans, 40 of them in new york city. and while an army of federal, state, and local workers, and many volunteers, have joined the massive relief and recovery effort, 2-1/2 million remain without power, four days after losing it monday evening. tens of thousands are displaced. their homes broken or destroyed.
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5500 remain in new york city shelters. gaslines stretch for hours and tempers flair. and as life returns to normal for many millions, from north carolina to maine, with folks living in the most severely area, on the new jersey shore, or the new york city burrows of brooklyn, queens and stat ten island, it's doubtful the scars will ever fully heal. the shocking loss of life in and around the nation's largest and commercially most important city. the epic extent and depth of the damage. and the struggle to find essentials like food, water, power, shelter, continue to preoccupy and stress out millions who thought that katrina could never happen here. but it has happened. and as they pump the tunnels and open the subways, iconic landmarks are twisted and broken, and still we find bodies, and revise upward the count of the dead.
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and now frustration and fear of the future haunt many, as homeowners scramble to salvage whatever is left and ask when the pain and suffering will stop. and to the long gaslines and impassable roads, broken infrastructure, and lost hours of work and schools add this weather alert. to those living without power in those houses comes word that the temperatures are cooling. down to the low 30s for tonight, and for the next several nights. and much worse than the cold. another nor easter, another wet and windy storm this way comes. >> and bad weather, ladies and gentlemen, the last thing the battered burrough of stat ten eileen need. let's fine out what else mother now has in store. meteorologist justin poric, what's going on?
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>> well, geraldo, this is the last thing that residents of in the northeast want to think about, a potential storm. this will not be sandy. will not be a big ball of wind encompassing hundreds and thousands of miles in span. but it is a storm system. if sandy was not on the plate last week, this would be your typical nor'easter but the circumstances for the northeast have changed. we have seen huge impacts as the storm system initiates, it will be off the coast. some change in track. we could see variation. all the parameters have not come together and we still have energy that has yet to come into the united states of america. so we're still looking at 72 to 96 hours' worth of time before we get into the meat of the storm situation. as we go ahead into tuesday and wednesday, worst-case scenario, the storm system hugs the coast and we see a storm surge of two to four feet along the jersey coastline. with the inundation of storm
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surge and we have lost a lot of our sand dunes and this will be a huge threat. winds on the order of 40-50 miles-per-hour possible, and gusts -- the storm system will not come from the southeast, so a huge threat here as we go into wednesday and thursday, election day we'll be clear. over the southeast, showers and thunderstorms. geraldo? >> justin poe ovic, thank you very much. just the news we needed. with the dead still being discovered here and the living really joust coming to grips with all they lost, the outside world is trying to alleviate the pain and ease some of the suffering. this is a heartwarming scene on this frigid night behind me here, volunteers who have come together, really, these aren't fema people.
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these aren't state or local people. these are volunteers, people from stat ten -- staten island and the surrounding boroughs. this is michael grille. >> if there's enough back-slapping and glad-handing to do it's these volunteers. they're unbelievable. in spite of everything. i do mean that. unfortunately, in spite of the government, this community has come together like you can never imagine. 250 volunteers in tottenville went basement to basement, cleaned people's stuff out and just unbelievable things. organizing crews to take elderly people's sheet rock out so they don't get mold. all citizen volunteers. i'm so proud of my community. it's just amazing. >> is it true they're still finding bodies? >> unfortunately, yes.
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and this is what i was afraid of. self days ago i said, based on my experience, you're going to have those that neighbors thought they evacuated, neighbors thought they were rescued, and you get that elderly couple that doesn't make it out, and no one knows it until, unfortunately, you start going door-to-door. the waters subsided, and whether it's the fire department or building department, someone has to get in to certify whether the house is structurally sound or not and you find bodies, and the number is going to go up. >> tell me what you think. we have seen this heart-warming scene. keny, they're giving out food. they're sorting it. donations of food and clothing items coming in from really everywhere. how do you think -- like people marks how have they done? how have these other agencies -- fema, mention their name and people wrinkle their nose. >> i think everyone here has the greatest of intentions, but organization has been lacking from the beginning, and there is
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support. fema comes in to support. unfortunately i think expectations of what fema does put them at an unfair advantage. they say, fema is here, we're safe. we're going to be able to deal with this. then they come give you an 8 hundred number. they want to do the most they can but community relations people can't too much for you other than answer questions and give you an 800 number. >> it's amazing. i get that. there are a lot of people who can't get out or their homes hod these volunteers, these citizen volunteers, whatever the failing of the government agencies, fema or the rest, these are people who are really doing the lord's work and knocking on the door, grandma, are you okay? grandma, are you hungry? i've seep it with my own eyes. >> it's unbelievable. that's why the local official comes in. a local councilman organized volunteers. i was in several different areas
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organizing small groups, going door-to-door, making sure people have food. if they need medical attention, their medication, whatever they need, we make sure they're going to get. >> now, who are you and tell me your story. >> my name is de s-h-h-h a and this is my mother. we come down here from midland, and we got hit really, really bad. my house is flooded with over nine, ten feet of water, and everything that we had, all our belongings are gone. and right now my siblings and i and my father are -- mother and i are separated. so we're struggling to find a place to be to be together and to have clothes and have all this food and all this stuff given to us is -- it means a lot to us. means a lot to our community. so many people on our block, down the block from us, who are devastated. lived there for 30 years. don't know what to make of it. it's horrendous. >> what are you going to do, mom? >> i don't know.
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>> so sorry. >> that's a big part of what my team was doing today. we're going to help find -- that's where fema is very help. we appreciate all they're trying to do. someone like this, displaced, we need to get them into an apartment as soon as possible. we d. >> get the children in. let's take a break and talk much more. this will be our focus. coming up in this hard, colored night, more on the ongoing effort to stem the suffering here and also all up and down the new jersey shore. don't go away. we'll be next. [ male announcer ] they're here! the hottest new machines of 2013,
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>> it's over four feet deep. we're lucky to make it out. >> the first time we have been able to walk through the streets, and it is just -- this is my home. this is my home. and i see things like this and walk by people's houses and they're filled with mud and diesel and everything else imaginable. this is our home. >> my dad was laying on the couch. >> what happened with your brother and sister? >> i saw everything go away, and i saw my sister and my brother cry and my mom cry, and when i saw the tears in my dad's eyes, i knew there was a problem. >> what do you remember? what's your name? >> joseph. >> how old are you? >> seven. >> i have a seven-year-old, too.
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she was squared, too. what happened in your house? >> well, we were just sitting down, watching tv, when my mom went outside and there was a big wave coming. we didn't know what to do. so we were looking, and then they got so high, it went in and out of our house. we were in our attic for 13 hours. they had -- the water was so high, they had to come and rescue us on a boat. i didn't know what has happening, so i was really scared. >> how do you feel now? do you need stuff? what do you need? do you have anything left? >> a house. >> what? >> we need a house. there's nothing left of it. >> three cars floated away. >> so sorry. i really am so sorry. you know, we'll tell more of these sad stories and also tell about -- are you getting help? >> yeah, we are. my parents are doing their best to find shelter.
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we're staying with me grandma right now? >> thank god for that. >> we were going shopping for fruit -- >> family food. >> they saw us -- they're giving us food and stuff. this guy came up to us, and wants to give us money. he wants to give money to my mom. and my mom started crying because -- hysterically. >> okay. what a brave young man, and his sister. really. >> thanks to -- we're on the battered bur borough. to stars like bruce springsteen and jon bon jovi we have a better idea of the absolute enorm of losses of the jersey shoreslandmarks, and that's
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where what's left of hold board walk, and asbury park, new jersey, and congressmann palone, thank you for being with us. can you -- i don't know. can you in a -- >> thank you. >> can you give us an idea how bad it is? >> it's very bad. i mean, you know the bay shore area, union beach, highland, those towns along the bay shore are really hit hard. and so many people are displaced. we're trying to get as much as we can into them, though. i think in the last couple days, fema and the red cross and the other agencies have come through and there's been a lot of volunteer donations as well. so, a lot is coming to the people now. but there's just so many scenes of destruction. we're here in asbury park now, and as you can see, the convention hall behind us is still pretty good. but a lot of the boardwalk is damaged and the pavilions, but
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i've been focusing on the people that have been displaced, and trying to get them food and clothing and shelter. >> and that is -- in terms of dealing with that emergency, congressman, how are you fairing? >> well, it's been good. i mean, just -- i was listening to what you were saying to my colleague, and the fact is that the community has really come together. today in a place across from staten island we had a community cleanup that went really well. hundreds of students doing the cleanup. i went to keensburg tonight, and i never saw such an outpouring. clothes and toad being donated. so people are getting food and clothing and temporary shelter, but the next phase, of course, a
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lot of people need temporary housing. in other words they can't go back to their homes. in a place like highland, probably the majority of the homes have been undermined in some way and people just can't go back, and we have towns where the people aren't allowed to go back for at least another week. so there's a humanitarian crisis but we're addressing it right now. over the next few weeks we'll need a lot of things from people half. for example, we need building inspectors -- >> congressman, let me put that as pause and take a break. i have to take a break. and we have that satellite delay, but i'll take the break. i want to talk more with congressman frank pallone, and michael grimm here on staten island, and talk about the other bur -- boroughs. many of the lights are on up and down broadway, but out here in staten island, the stricken
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>> 22 years i'm at my home, and i lost it. >> i don't have anything -- anywhere to go. i adopt have no clothes, all the clothes i have on, they gave to me at the evacuation center. >> we feel lucky we left monday. we feel so lucky. and my friends convinced me. we were actually going to stay, and now knowing how bad it was and how high the water was and there was a fire next door, it would have been crazy. we feel very lucky, actually. >> on a cold and wind night in
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staten island, there's an army of volunteers trying to get the generosity of millions of you al into the hands of the tens of thousands who have literally lost everything. speaking with congressman frank pallon in asbury park. you're saying the next phase of this recovery and relief effort has to be getting people in temporary housing. what else do we need? >> well, one of the things we have to find out is whether or not the houses they live in are habitable, for example, when i was in keensburg tonight they need building inspectors because they have to find out if the foundations and the as of the homes are safe enough for people to go back. there's so many things like that. of course residents still have no power, and that's the immediate problem, lack of power. if power came back, a lot of people would be able to stay and feel more comfortable, but we need temporary housing.
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over the next few months, and the people that can't go back to their homes, and i've been trying to see if we can get trailers, if we can find, for example, what monmouth baracks can be used. we're looking at these different possibilities because there are thousands of people with no place to go. >> congressman frank pallone. congressman grimm you have a ware shouse you want to mention. >> absolutely. we're realizing things are coming from all over the country and we can't leave it outdoors. it's not sorted so at 300 western avenue, new york container terminal, 12:00 tomorrow afternoon, we'll be opening up the warehouse. it will be fully staffed and be able to keep everything dry, organized, sorted out, and be able to distribute from there as well. >> you're a combat veteran and this is war. >> no doubt. and let me tell you something.
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we have to not only get people in their homes we got to get power on. still areas don't have power and he definitely, definitely, definitely, have to remember we did lose lives here. we have to keep the families that are grieving in our prayers because we lost 22 and probably more, and they're going through hell. they really are. >> 22 just on staten island. >> just on staten island. >> 42 citywide, well over 100 nationwide, coming up, j.r. martinez, you remember him from "dancing with the stars." he was going to run in the marathon. after this. ♪ ♪ ♪ hi dad. many years from now, when the subaru is theirs...
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live in america's news headquarters, i'm lauren green. it's down the wire for president barack obama and mitt romney. with only three days left before the presidential election, both candidates are blitzing the crucial swing states. eight events in six states now. >> governor romney is a very talented salesman, so in this campaign he's trying as hard as he can to repackage the same old ideas that didn't work and offer them up as change. >> the question of this election comes down to this. do you want more of the same or do you want real change? >> and a quick reminder, set
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your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight. standard time kicks in at 2:00 a.m. so enjoy the extra hour of sleep. now back to "geraldo at large." >> explain what happened between early friday when the marathon was on and later friday when it was cancelled. >> what simply happened was that it became a source of dissense and we don't need that right now. and hopefully next year we'll have a great event where people can come to the city and enjoy what the city has to offer and compete and participate, and the spirit of the race is to bring people together. when it became a divisive issue, i just made the decision that it should not go on. >> thank god he cancelled the marathon. you know why? it's not fair. you have people in staten island whose homes are flooded out. >> if the bridge is cleared and the streets are clear, i don't
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think it will wreak anymore havoc. >> part of me is very disappoint but totally understand what and why. it was really kind of a -- wondering if we should be here to begin with. now that we're here, would have loved to have this announcement happen a couple days ago when it would have made more sense. >> do you think that the marathon should have been run or was it good it was cancelled? the marathon? >> cancel, cancel. >> tell us why. >> because new yorkers need it. and the people who come here for one week, for the marathon? let them stay an extra week. put their money into new york city and let new york city take care of its own. >> want to talk to all of you al. but let me first -- craig, spoke to j.r. martinez, the guy who won "dancing with the stars" last year. well, he was going to run in that marathon, and he talked now
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to j.-martinez, and about the mayor who marrily makes a misstep. mayor bloomberg but got plenty of heat. here's craig. >> some people said you shouldn't run the marathon. there's an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. >> as thousands suffered without heat and electricity, new york city mayor michael bloomberg defied criticism to allow the 434th new york city marathon to go on, despite a backdrop of devastation. >> bloomberg is pulling the cops off for the marathon which the rest of us don't understand why. >> we have communities in need, and to turn around and show disrespect, like running a marathon, this is the reality of what's going on in new york city right now. >> the mayor finally releapt but not before the new york
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post-published pictures of marathon generators with the power to run 400 homes sitting idle as storm victims went without. the mayor said, quote, we cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event even one as meaningful as this to distract attention from the critically important work being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track. and well he should have. >> what you guys looking for? >> anything. anything. she wants anything. that's our daughter and her husband. >> digging through the trash and debris, trying to find any remnant, jewelry, anything piled up like trash, people say this is new york's katrina. they really weren't kidding. >> nearly half the fatilities from hurricane sandy happened on staten island. with near total devastation in some neighborhoods, residents could not begin to understand
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how the 43rd running of the marathon would still go on. >> found our dad's wallet. >> you dad passed away? >> yeah, he perished in the home with my sister. >> that's pretty devastating. >> new york city councilman. >> i appreciate the resiliency and new york city, but people can run 26 miles on another day. right now we're on bended knee. >> the decision was not easy. with 330 million viewers, the race brings in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to new york city. >> after the 9/11 attack in 2001, then new york city mayor rudy giuliani went ahead with the race, despite criticism. for the first anytime 43 years, runners will not be making their way through new york's five boroughs. wounded warrior j.r. martinez would have been one of the runners. >> i looked at new york city are. this is a city that picks it up and says we have to move forward
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and we have to continue to remind people that this is one of the greatest cities on the earth. >> but having gone through hell and high water, residents near staten island are thinking survival rather than triumph of spirit. >> i know there's a lot of plans and a lot of things involved, but there's people here that lost their lives. >> we are in desperate need. these are people's lives. everything we're picking up here, it's not debris. it's remnants of people's lives. >> you think those 47,000 people who came for the marathon can turn it around or come here to help you? >> that would be the ideal. not only me but so many people in need. >> while some runners pledged to help. j.r. martinez feels new yorkers will also come out stronger as they overcome yet another difficult challenge. >> is there a parallel between -- you have your obvious scars, your personality shines through. you're an incredible person and an inspiration. how does that transfer into this situation?
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>> challenges are a good thing. make a choice for yourself. make a choice and commit yourself to saying i'm going to try to believe. i'm not going to quit and try to be as positive as i can can be and if you implement those things into your life you can do the two things i learned how to do adapt and overcome. >> all right. craig, j.r. was inspiring. also disappointed. you've been here, though, -- enough about the marathon. everybody agrees -- i was tremendously relieved. i was very angry when it was scheduled. i was tremendously relieved as these ladies were. what of all the vignette you have seen, what touched you the most? >> the area in tottenville, one family was completely wiped out. they decided to ride out the storm because during hurricane irene they left their home and their home was looted when they came back. so decided to ride it out. a 13-year-old girl was washed away with her dad and her mom,
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mom's critically injured, the father -- his body was just recently found so awful, awful scene. terrible. >> that's awful. that's awful. i don't know what his problem is. >> all right. really, that was very rude. very, very rude. let me take a break. we'll be right back. ♪ ooh baby, looks like you need a little help there ♪
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>> people's lives and homes are done and it's going to take a long time to bring them back. >> i have over 43 years on the job and never seen this amount of devastation. we always think back to tried center. -- the trade center. that was different. this is a good chunk of the neighborhood just gone. >> the only city official here? >> there's many city officials. >> what's your name and your -- >> my name is ronny cohn, i work for the office of the mayor and the site manager for the site. >> hoy -- how did you gather this amazing team of volunteers? >> the amazing team of volunteers gathered themselves as a result of anthony and all of these people. the community of staten island, they're an amazing group of people, and no weather condition, no hardship could ever keep them down. >> where did you come from?
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>> from queens. >> from queens. why on a cold night? >> we thought since this morning we prepared hot food and went to rockaway and came here and found this. it's like god brought us here. >> all from queens? >> brooklyn. >> where are you from? >> staten island. >> who are you. >> anthony. >> what role? you're kind of a supervisor here. >> me, ron and nick put everything together. we shipped out over 300 cars with food, water, and everything, and all the people got everything down into the -- >> kenny, show that stuff there. where did this stuff come from? >> donations all day long. donations all day. we got skids of water on the other side. getting clothes. the whole tank over there filled with clothes from donations. and we got two buses filled on the opposite side of us that are ready to go to the rockaways in the morning. so we got a lot of stuff here, and we're just trying to get it down to the people.
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>> this is an american red cross -- i'm sorry, your name? >> patricia ballinger. >> you're work with the red cross. >> just in town from denver just visiting, visiting on deployment. we have lots of people from out of up to helping out. >> what's the red cross doing big picture, regionwide? >> well, disaster this size requires more than any one agency can handle. citizens like this have to come together and help out. and he red cross, our role is we're focusing on feeding and outside new york city we're focusing on sheltering. since this disaster started we have had over 72,000 overnight stays at red cross and community shelters, and we served 398,000 meals up and down the eastern seaboard. today we were driving up and down the communities and all the five boroughs in new york.
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there was a woman i talked to who -- she burst into tears because she didn't think she could eat that day because she was out of gas, out of food, and couldn't get out to food. so just that hot meal was a nice little thing. so we're driving up and down to deliver the food. >> people want to donate cash to the red cross, how do they do that? >> you can go to red cross.org or call 1-800-red cross and we sure do appreciate it. all these efforts are made possible by the volunteer spirit of everyday people. over 4,000 people volunteering their time and the donations and generosity of everyday people. >> 1-800-red cross. >> or redcross.org. >> congratulations on all you do. so, as a city man, how do you feel about this citizen outpouring of compassion and concern? >> this is what makes the city, and by them coming out here tonight, families -- some of
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them lost their homes, and they're here to help others. that shows you the spirit of new york city. that ex-emme identifies what -- exemplifies what this city is about and what these people are about. >> i noticed there was a girl here before that lost her home, and she is here. she is in her car getting warm. my goodness. where is she going to stay tonight? >> staying at her mother's house and she's going through a lot. all her kids are staying with different people, and just -- i'm glad i have helped out. my husband is a detective. been working every day for 14 to 16 hours and he is right here helping the community. >> let's run the anna coyman did a piece. one of the most wide spread -- the shortage of gasoline. here's a report. >> in new york and new jersey,
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lines for gas are absolutely insane. the crisis is crippling. many stations have run out of fuel and those that do have gas, many of those don't have the power in order to pump it. during the height of the storm, the pipeline, refinery, shut down so production is low. now in new jersey, governor chris christie has imposed an odd-even. if you're license plate ends in an odd number you can get gas on an odd day. if it ends in an even number, you get gas on an even day. we reported tempers flairing at the pump. fights breaking out over folks trying to cut in line. here in new york, the governor, andrew cuomo, but together five emergency mobile fueling stations. this is one of them. folks can come out here and get ten gallons of gas for free, but if you see behind me, it's miles and miles. it doesn't matter if you're walking, with a can, or if you rearview mirror got your car. we ran into one guy who has to push his car.
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he has been in line for four hours. >> what's going on, out of gas already? >> yeah. i've been here since quarter to ten this morning. they said the truck was at 1:00. i decided to wait on line. i don't know what time it is now. but i've been here ever since. >> this is the light at the end of the tunnel. the oasis in the sun, the armory where national guardsmen are filling tanks. the man in charge, captain ryan abbott. how is everybody behaving? this liven is two and a half miles long? >> they're quite civil today. actually. we're quite happy to help everybody out. >> ten goal -- ten gals of gas is not joust for vehicles, it's generators. >> people are coming in with jerry cans, gas cans, anything thatting can hold fuel in. i turn those away without the right container, and depending
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on the type of generator they have, should run the night if not two. >> lounge -- how long do you plan to be here. >> we were cast seven to ten days. the current force, from syracuse, new york, we're looking to be here until the job is done-honestly. so that or else somebody comes to relieve us. >> thank you so much and you're helping the people out so much. we tip our hats to you, captain abbott. thank you. back to you. >> thank you very much. crazy lines, though, later in the day formed. people wanting to take advantage of the free ten gallons of gas. the governor's office announced the ten gallons is going to the first responders first, but gas we're told by everybody is on the way. so, hopefully by tomorrow, the day after, at the latest, they can alleve yet that's very, very long line. we'll be right back here in this spectacular display of volunteerism after this. d in sml continuous amounts.
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volunteering makes you feel good. >> you made me feel good already. we know how the storm is affecting those who lived and died in its wake. there's also the financial toll. let me go to professor peter maurice, professor at the university of maryland, well-known economics blogger. professor, what's the total bill they figure right now -- i mean obviously you can't be precise -- in terms of what super storm sandy is going to cost the u.s. economy. >> in the beginning $20 billion,
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now i'd say it's closer to 40 and probably looking at another $30 billion in lost commerce. the new york city economy is not functioning, nor is the broader away, people aren't earning a living so at it quite a big toll. >> probably talking about something close to 70, $80 billion, not as big as katrina but getting in that league. >> so, if it's in that range, professor, you're suggesting this is one of the most expensive storms in american history? >> yeah. it's note the biggest. however, look at where it hit. right smack into the financial center, and then i'm a native new yorker, well familiar with long beach, rockaway beach, long island, the shoreline of new jersey, spending summers there, and those places are vulnerable to this kind of storm, and they're not built for it, and we're seeing communities completely devastated and it's going to be a long process of
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rebuilding. >> is there an economic stimulus impact, dr., from that activity? the rebuilding. >> absolutely. it's kind of paradoxical. although we're poor because we lost this property, we are going to get a boost to gdp because people will start spending money again they didn't spend this week, but all the rebuilding, we use lots of folks that are unemployed in the construction sector, and we'll use industrial capacity to make generators and what have you. manufacturing capacity that is not adequately utilized right now. so it will be a stimulus. it's just like putting up a bridge. i it's not say we should knock down buildings in a hurricane to stimulate the economy. there are more constructive ways, but that will happen over the next two years. >> so as new york rebuilds, as new jersey rebuilds, perhaps a
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meager silver lining, dr., thank you very much. ladies and gentlemen, that's all we have time for on this cold and mel mel mel lan kole -- meln collie but in a way inspiring night. the compassion and commitment of the volunteers should warm every heart. these folks are not republicans and democrats, not government employee, not first responders. they're americans and i thank you. i thank them and i thank you all for watching. thank you for caring. i'm geraldo, good night captioned by closed captioning services inc. where others fail, droid powers through.
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